Family Caregiver University is a program of the Caregiver Resource Network, a collaboration of over 150 agencies committed to helping family caregivers.

Family Caregiver University provides monthly classes on caregiving topics like fall prevention and safety, understanding dementia, and bathing and personal hygiene.

The next Family Caregiver University class will be Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. on the topic of elder abuse with representatives from the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition.

Sarah Sobel, Kent County Contract Administrator at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, joined the WZZM 13 News at Noon to discuss. Watch the full interview in the video above.

Elder Abuse Facts:

  • Estimated 90,000 Michigan seniors are abused each year
  • 90% of abusers are family members or caregivers
  • Elder abuse can be financial, physical/sexual, psychological/emotional and neglect

The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition has members from Kent County Prosecutor’s Office and probate court, elder law attorneys, state and local law enforcement, Adult Protective Services, local Ombudsman, senior services agencies, hospitals, financial institutions and more.

Effort of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, can visit the coalition at

For more information on the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, click here.